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Spring Verdure Issue (May)

NEWS REPORT

Cultivation of leaders through a team which fuses the humanities and sciences

Meeting to report results of the "Program for Synergistic Humanities-Science Alliance to Cultivate Leaders Who Will Solve Social Issues"

Keynote lecture by Professor Mariko Miyagi of Hosei University

On March 13th, the Waseda University Doctoral Student Career Center held the 1st meeting to report results of the "Program for Synergistic Humanities-Science Alliance to Cultivate Leaders Who Will Solve Social Issues" (MEXT Program for Developing Innovative Researchers).

The meeting started with a speech by Mr. Shuichiro Itakura, Chief of the Knowledge Infrastructure Policy Division at the MEXT's Science and Technology Policy Bureau. Afterwards, Professor Mariko Miyagi (Hosei University) gave a keynote lecture in which she expressed the following thoughts on career design: "In order to develop and form a highly fulfilling career, it is necessary to correctly understand one's self and to construct a variety of networks." Next, Professor Toru Asahi (Faculty of Science and Engineering), Director of the Doctoral Student Career Center, reported on results for the current academic year. The report was followed by an introduction of activities from Osaka Prefecture University and the University of Tokyo, institutions which were invited to present due to them being selected for the same MEXT project. Furthermore, team activity reports were given by Waseda University doctoral students who participated in the activities in the 2011 academic years and who conducted internships at think-tanks, material manufacturers and municipal governments. Opinions included "the program is typical of Waseda, balancing the humanities and sciences" and "I was impressed at how young students challenged new fields."